Health Ministry releases latest family health report at 'Swasthya Chintan Shivir'

NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya  unveiled the National Report of the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) on Thursday at Gujarat's Vadodara's 'Swasthya Chintan Shivir.' Union Minister of State for Health Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar and Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel  were also present on the occasion.

The report includes detailed information on key population, health, and family welfare domains, as well as related domains such as population characteristics, fertility, family planning, infant and child mortality, maternal and child health, nutrition and anaemia, morbidity and healthcare, women's empowerment, and so on.

The NFHS-5 survey was conducted in approximately 6.37 lakh sample households across 707 districts in 28 states and 8 union territories, covering 7,24,115 women and 1,01,839 men to provide disaggregated estimates up to the district level.

Its scope had been expanded from the previous round (NFHS-4) by including new dimensions such as death registration, pre-school education, expanded domains of child immunisation, components of micronutrients for children, menstrual hygiene, frequency of alcohol and tobacco use, additional components of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), expanded age range for measuring hypertension and diabetes among all aged 15 years and above, which will provide necessary inputs for monitoring and management.

In all states and UTs, the NFHS-5 demonstrates an overall improvement in SDG metrics. Married women's participation in three household decisions - self-care, significant household purchases, and visits to family or relatives - ranges from 80 percent in Ladakh to 99 percent in Nagaland and Mizoram, indicating that their participation in decision-making is high.

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